Wednesday, March 2, 2016
are algorithms people?
the question is presented by computer scientist and writer jaron lenier in a video.
my answer is yes (my "yes" is not tensed).
personhood requires reason, autonomy, sentience (free choice?). let's call these person-properties P. if so, an algorithm is a person if it's P-realizable.
P-realizability is conceivable & it doesn't violate any physical laws.
the next question is more interesting: are H-people (humans) ∼ A-people (algorithms)?
(this answer needs another post).